tv Discussion CSPAN December 25, 2013 7:25am-7:31am EST
what we can say for sure is you don't get an e-mail what's in these letters. and you don't get on twitter what's in there. plus i've written several -- i wrote three or four history books about this. we went to digital we lost a lot. it made it a lot easier but the great -- they don't say i'll take 600 pictures and maybe one will be great. they concentrate on getting a truly great picture. same thing through -- i never thought. brilliant. >> once again spend it never ends. [laughter] >> several things in conclusion. firstly, thank you very much for joining us this evening. thanks to our viewers on c-span or for those of you at the
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information on events. facebook.com/booktv. >> now joining us on booktv is the author of this book, "the global vatican," francis rooney is the author. ambassador, is the vatican a political organization? >> i think every civic organization to some degree or another is political. one of the great things about the holy see is they are not a political organization like a government, like a united states or a secular government. they don't need to take credit for what to do. some of the things in the book that make them uniquely important in the world is employing their software is they don't have to take credit. they can work in the shadows behind the scenes, makes them very effective. >> what are some of those issues the vatican works on behind the scenes at? >> when i was there in 2006 we worked quietly with all easy to unify the christians in lebanon.
to make sure the old tripartite coalition was kept in place. and it worked. it got lebanon stabilize for a few more years. >> is it important for the u.s. to have an ambassador to the vatican? >> that's one of main points of the book is to hopefully make the argument it's very important. the unique soft power of the holy see, perhaps the only sovereign in the world that has the soft power they have without having the hegemonic agenda or -- and add a great honor to a country like the united states which is aligned with the fundamental principles. inalienable rights, human dignity and religious freedom. we are natural partners. >> besides tiny, to other countries worked closely with the vatican? >> yes. there are 179 countries have diplomatic relations, and 30 our islamic countries. >> what kind of work do they do?
>> the islamic countries, many of them are trying to work with the holy see to promote interreligious dialogue and find solutions to radical islam. many of the secular european countries are historic monarchies that had relationships with the holy sea person she's. in latin america with the strong number of catholics and all parts of latin america, social issues with the holy churc churs deeply involved in is a very strong relationship. >> in your view, ambassador, has the vatican ever overstepped its bounds as a religious organization into the political? >> probably shouldn't answer some issues they came up in the two bush campaigns in the united states that were high become virtual about the intersection of theology and politics. my focus as a diplomat is to show the way the holy sea can interact with other nations and engage in the affairs of state spent what's your background?
>> well, i was a political appointee by george bush and i've known george bush a long time, great, great man and great friend. and so when i had the opportunity to serve in his of administration i certainly wanted to do. had no idea he would take me for this particular mission although i do a lot of commissions and special missions and different things. both at the state level and the federal level in my career. >> "the global vatican" is the name of the book and the author is ambassador francis rooney. this is a booktv on c-span2. >> mehran kamrava talks about the outsized influence of qatar in the world. he argues unlike other regional powerhouses qatar has been able to achieve its global scanning through al-jazeera, its supportu democracy movement in the middln east, and through the hosting of major world events like the world cup.o this is about an hour and 15